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Crowned Hornbill

Tockus alboterminatus

The Crowned Hornbill is an African hornbill. It is a medium-sized bird, with a length between 50 and 54 cm, and it is characterized by its white belly and black back and wings.
The Crowned Hornbill Close-up Crowned Hornbill,Democratic Republic of the Congo,Geotagged,Summer,Tockus alboterminatus

Appearance

The tips of the long tail feathers are white. The eyes are yellow; the beak is red and presents a stocky casque on the upper mandible. In females, the casque is smaller. The Crowned Hornbill can be distinguished from the similar Bradfield's Hornbill by its shorter beak.
The Crowned Hornbill  Crowned Hornbill,Democratic Republic of the Congo,Geotagged,Summer,Tockus alboterminatus

Distribution

The Crowned Hornbill is a common resident of the coastal and riverine forests of southern to northeastern Africa. It forages mainly in trees, where it feeds in insects , small rodents and reptiles, seeds and fruits. This hornbill species can be seen in flocks, usually in the dry season. Four to five white eggs are incubated for 25 to 30 days; the juveniles remain with both parents for about 8 weeks.

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Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderCoraciiformes
FamilyBucerotidae
GenusTockus
SpeciesT. alboterminatus